Same phone, different countries...
The Motorola Milestone, which Amercians know as the Droid, won't be getting its Android 2.2 update even though the exact same device has already finished its 2.2 rollout in North America.
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The Milestone is the name of Motorola's Droid in Europe, and users there have been anxiously awaiting the same upgrade that users in the US have just finished receiving. The phone manufacturer now says it will be available at the end of the year.
The Milestone has not reached the same level of Android dominance that the Droid has received stateside. It's a very different market over in Europe as mobile companies there don't play the same kind of games that American companies do. As a result, there is far less of a deal with carrier exclusivity for phones. The iPhone 4, for example, is available with multiple phone service providers.
The Milestone is very slightly different with its hardware because it has been rewired to work with European mobile phone standards. In the US, it is available exclusively through Verizon, which relies on the proprietary CDMA standard, a proprietary phone network in the US.
Still, people in the UK and neighboring countries were expecting their update this summer. The latest news is a definite bummer for Milestone users, no doubt about it.
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